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The Inefficiency of Bottled Water

Mon, 2010-03-29 10:57

Before I get into this blog, I would like to start with a short statement answering the question, why should you care?

First and most importantly, bottled water is very energy intensive. It takes lots of imported oil to make the bottle and transport it to your home, office, the gym, etc. That imported oil hurts our economy and fuels undemocratic regimes around the world. So, if you are a Patriot, and if you believe in democracy and freedom, then you should put down that bottled water and switch to tap - it's 100% American.

Home Star Updates & Webinar Available

Fri, 2010-03-26 09:08

Here is the latest update for the Home Star program from the National Save Energy Coalition.

The Best Places to be an Energy Auditor

Sun, 2010-03-21 21:24

Where is the best place to be an energy auditor? Anywhere in the country is a great place to be an energy auditor, but the entire Northeast, upper mid-west, and the West Coast are the BEST places. Here are the factors that make those locations, in particular, so great:

1 - Extreme Climate.  Comfort is actually the number one reason that homeowners call an energy auditor. In fact, most of what we teach about making a home more energy efficient is directly related to the heating and cooling of a home.

Perfect Score on the LEED GA Exam

Sun, 2010-03-21 21:15

Congrats to Joanne Haggerty! She used our LEED Green Associate Practice Questions to achieve a perfect score on the LEED Green Associate Exam. Here's what she had to say and below that is a copy of her exam sheet.

Video Explanation: What is BPI?

Fri, 2010-03-19 18:12

Just Released! This is a great overview explaining the Building Performance Institute's (BPI) Energy Auditor Certification Program? In this video we also explain how BPI Certification can help you and how you can join America's fastest growing workforce.

Call to Action TODAY for Home Star

Wed, 2010-03-10 14:45

The National Save Energy Coalition put out this call to action for Home Star today.  Read below for updates on the Home Star program as it works it's way through Congress.  If you have time, your support would be appreciated.  


1. Goal: 500 Calls to Senators for Home Star!

2. House and Senate Home Star Hearings

LEED Credential Maintenance Webinar

Mon, 2010-03-08 23:39

I saw this GBCI webinar which explains the LEED Credential Maintenance program. There is a long period of good questions about the LEED CE program at the end of the video. Enjoy.

Got a home? Green upgrades available

Sat, 2010-03-06 18:21

This week President Obama traveled to Savannah, Ga., to make the case for his "Home Star" initiative. Homeowners would get up to $3,000 worth of rebates for improvements like insulation and windows.

That could make a serious dent in the bill for home efficiency projects. But they still can be expensive. So, what to do?

Well, this week San Francisco joined a growing list of cities with something called a PACE program: Property Assessed Clean Energy. And it's supposed to make green upgrades available to anyone who wants them.

5 Reasons to Opt Into LEED Credential Maintenance

Thu, 2010-03-04 16:52

Here are the top 5 reasons that I opted into GBCI's new LEED CMP program to earn a LEED AP BD+C:

1.  I have some learning opportunities this month, participating in a webinar and attending a LEED ND conference here in Long Island, and I know that you don't get credit for any of those things unless you are already enrolled. I did not want to let these opportunities pass me by.

BPI Included in Draft 'HOME STAR Act of 2010' Legislation

Thu, 2010-03-04 14:47

BPI Certification

Malta, NY, March 3, 2010- The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI), a nationally recognized standards development and contractor credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work, is pleased to announce that its personnel certification and company accreditation credentials-along with many of its national technical standards-are cited in draft legislation for the 'Home Star Act of 2010.'

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